SINGAPORE: Caroline Wozniacki claimed an extended injuries crack very last 12 months was a critical factor guiding her WTA Finals victory, an echo of this season’s amazing comebacks by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
The former earth range one particular conquer Venus Williams for the first time in eight tries to seal the greatest title of her career at the prestigious year finale in Singapore late on Sunday.
It truly is an result that appeared unlikely just around 12 months back, when Wozniacki languished at range 74 after having difficulties to return from a important ankle injuries sustained early in 2016.
But the 27-12 months-previous Dane, who appeared clean and hungry as she lost just at the time in 5 matches in Singapore, claimed the 10-7 days layoff was a blessing in disguise.
“I strongly consider every thing occurs for a motive and perhaps I would not be in this article if that (injuries) would not have occurred,” she informed reporters after her 6-4, 6-4 gain.
“I assume the crack from tennis for me was terrific. I definitely liked currently being dwelling, just executing ordinary stuff and not currently being in a position to strike a ball basically felt nice.
“When I felt all set, I arrived again and I was enjoying to play out there.”
Wozniacki’s achievements follows revivals by Nadal and Federer, who both equally struggled with injuries very last 12 months but have returned to break up the men’s Grand Slam singles titles and the major two rankings in 2017.
Federer, 36, is a proponent of having time to relaxation and he has introduced that he will skip this week’s Paris Masters, admitting: “My overall body is inquiring for a crack.”
Players have lengthy complained about the arduous tennis year, which stretches from January to November with rankings points accessible at tournaments all over the world.
With Sunday’s gain, Wozniacki will end the 12 months third in the rankings, possessing arrive into the tournament at 6 possessing received the Pan Pacific Open up in Tokyo very last thirty day period.
“I assume I managed to remain aggressive,” she claimed.
“Even when I was pushing against the big hitters, I nonetheless managed to not be pushed too much guiding the baseline, which was crucial this 7 days.
“I felt really great about my video game in standard. I felt pretty tranquil for a lot of the time.”
Wozniacki might now be hopeful of landing a first Grand Slam title, after reaching the US Open up ultimate in 2009 and 2014.
But she claimed she was not still thinking about the Australian Open up — the first Slam on the 2018 calendar — and was as a substitute looking forward to another crack.
“In a month’s time, I will begin making ready for the up coming year,” she claimed. “I am pretty happy the year is finished ideal now. I will not be touching a racquet for the up coming four weeks.
“It truly is been a terrific 12 months.”